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Tliltocatl albopilosus - Curly Hair Tarantula


Tliltocatl albopilosus


Meet the Tliltocatl albopilosus, a delightful tarantula known for its unique "furry" appearance. This species, often called the Curly Hair Tarantula, is a favorite among enthusiasts for its docile nature and striking look. The velvety long white hairs that give this tarantula its name make it a standout choice for any collector or first-time owner.

Care Details

  • Temperature: Ideal range for the Tliltocatl albopilosus is 75 to 85°F (24 to 29°C). This species thrives in warm environments, which stimulate its appetite and growth rate.

  • Humidity: The Curly Hair Tarantula prefers a humidity level around 65-70%. While water dishes are not necessary for maintaining this humidity, using one poses no harm. I personally choose not to use them, but it's up to your discretion.

  • Housing: As a terrestrial species, the Tliltocatl albopilosus is best housed in a 1 oz to 4 oz deli container with needle-made ventilation for babies. Remember, you can request a free deli container or small enclosure for your baby tarantula during checkout, but you must specify this request or it won't be included.
    For larger tarantulas, an enclosure that is 2 to 3 times their size is ideal, providing some flexibility. 

  • Diet: I feed the Tliltocatl albopilosus a variety of crickets and cockroaches, like Dubia and Red-runner roaches. For the baby tarantulas, smaller prey like baby crickets and roaches are ideal. If you only have one type of prey, that's perfectly fine. For an occasional treat, a pinky or hopper mouse can be offered, but remember, these should be treats and not a regular part of their diet.

In-depth Facts

  • Latin Name: Tliltocatl albopilosus
  • Common Name: Curly Hair Tarantula
  • Locale: This species is native to Central America, including countries like Costa Rica and Honduras.
  • Category: Terrestrial, with semi-moderate webbing.
  • Size: Females can grow up to 5-6.5inches, with males being slightly smaller.
  • Urticating Hairs: It possesses urticating hairs, but hardly ever kicks.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate. They don't grow too quickly, but they are steady growers.
  • Life Span: Females can live up to 20 years, while males have a shorter lifespan.
  • Recommended Levels: Suitable for everyone, from beginners to experienced keepers.

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Safety Disclaimer

Experiencing a tarantula bite is an extremely rare occurrence, and there have been no recorded fatalities due to a tarantula bite. The venom of the Tliltocatl albopilosus is not particularly potent. It's important to handle all tarantulas with respect and understanding. In the unlikely event of a bite, remain calm, as most discomfort subsides quickly. Always prioritize your safety and the well-being of the tarantula. Remember, tarantula handling is at your own risk.

I've worked with the Curly Hair Tarantula for years, and its gentle disposition makes it a wonderful addition to any collection, whether you're just starting or adding to an existing ensemble.